National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses. The Mental Health Commission of Canada launched this summer new family caregiver support guidelines. These guidelines seek to recognize and support family caregivers’ needs. They also provide evidence-based best practices and advice to policymakers and service providers, including recommendations on the services and supports caregivers find most useful. Visit www.mentalhealthcommission.ca to download the new guidelines and learn more about family caregivers and how the Canadian mental health system needs to change to better support their needs. These guidelines will be followed by a tool kit in due course.
Previous articles of interest:
How to Make Working Work for Those with Mental Illnesses. Susan Inman, author of After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity explores how people with severe mental illnesses have a lot to gain by the mental health system working more collaboratively with family caregivers. To read it, click on susan-inman/canada-mental-health_b_2562722.html.
Untreated Psychosis and Violence: It’s Not a Stigma if it’s True. Susan Inman, author of After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity addresses the issue of violence in untreated mental illness that was published in Huffington Post Canada this summer. To read it, click on susan-inman/mental-illness-and-violence.
Mental Health 101: An alarming number of young people are anxious and depressed; 1 in 5 has a mental illness and 1 in 10 considers suicide as the solution. A town hall hosted by CBC host Heather Hiscox and a panel from Mohawk College in Hamilton examined a crisis of youth mental health. Follow this link to watch the live stream of the town hall held on October 24, 2012: cbc.ca/hamilton/mentalhealth101/
Magpie Media’s role is to educate, break down the stigma associated with mental illness and to create a practical, informative eNewsletter that can help you find the balance in your life that you strive for. The eNewsletters are delivered straight to your email inbox every month, and it provides current information on research and other mental health events. Sign up to receive any of their eNewsletters — on depression and anxiety, on bipolar, or on schizophrenia — by visiting the following website: mentalwellnesstoday.com/free-newsletters.
Mental Health Notes: To receive a free bi-weekly newsletter by email from the Canadian Mental Health Association of Ontario featuring news and events on mental health news and events go to www.ontario.cmha.ca/mental_health_notes.
The Treatment Advocacy Center is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating legal and other barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness. Read about the recent updates and resources about lack of insight (anosognosia), among other things, at the Treatment Advocacy Center’s website: www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/. You can also subscribe on the website to receive their updates (free).
Parents’ Lifeline of Eastern Ontario is a volunteer driven, non-profit family-to-family groups supporting, educating and empowering parents and caregivers of children, youth and young adults living with mental illness. Monthly electronic newsletters are issued as well as bulletins regarding important events that you may find helpful, including the dates of various support groups. For more information, please call 613-321-3211, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.pleo.on.ca.
Mood Disorders Ottawa provides support for people with mood disorders and their loved ones. For information on the Monthly Information Night, the Peer Support Group, the Discovery Events (recreation program) and to view their newsletter, please visit www.mooddisordersottawa.ca/.
Hopewell: Hopewell is eastern Ontario’s only eating disorder support centre. It provides information and support to those affected by eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia or binge eating). Hopewell’s preventative programs reinforce healthy self-esteem and positive body image, and teach media literacy skills and ways to cope with anxiety and stress. Programs and services include resource listings, mentoring programs, support groups for individuals and families, workshops for individuals, etc. For more information and to subscribe to their newsletter, please visit www.hopewell.ca/celebrate/.